Sunday finish in doubt

KEN FIDLIN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Heavy rain, coupled with severe electrical storms, wiped out the second round of The Players Championship yesterday, and there are indications more bad weather could disrupt play today. Only 20 players had posted second-round hole scores when play was suspended at 8:44 a.m. The farthest any of the players had gone into the round was three holes.

Lightning, thunder and rain persisted through a morning that also included a tornado warning for Ponte Vedra Beach.

UNPLAYABLE

The weather cleared out by about 2:30 p.m. but by then the course was unplayable.

"It's just saturated," said PGA Tour official Mark Russell. "We're going to come back (this) morning at 7 o'clock and do our best to get the second round in and then do our best to get 72 holes in by Sunday night."

Today's forecast includes afternoon thunderstorms that could throw an additional wrench into those plans.

"Bear in mind," said Russell, "that the forecasts have been changing about every 12 hours. At 6:30 (yesterday) morning, we looked at the radar and thought we might get lucky. Within 40 minutes the entire sky had filled in."

Even though it's the intent of the PGA Tour to get 72 holes in the books by tomorrow night, the more likely scenario would be for a Monday finish, given the threat of additional inclement weather.

"We are leaving all our options open," Russell said.

Steve Jones leads the tournament at eight under par on the strength of his opening- round 64 Thursday morning. Fred Funk, Zach Johnson and Lee Westwood are tied, one shot behind Jones.


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